Anonymous has released the personal information of Westboro Baptist Church members after the group, known for its hate-fueled protests, planned to picket a vigil for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The hacktivist collective posted the names, phone numbers, and email and physical addresses of Westboro members, along with a reproachful video, as backlash for the group's vying to intrude upon grieving families.
According to the church, composed of about 40 people, it planned to "picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment".
Last Friday, Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman, shot and killed 20 children and six adults while they were at school, before committing suicide.
In the video, Anonymous said Westboro's “hatred supersedes [its] faith".
On Monday, teenage hacker “Cosmo the God” of online collective UGNazi apparently hacked the Twitter account of Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper. The account remains compromised.
A Sunday tweet from an Anonymous Twitter handle also said that the church's site, godhatesfags.com, was taken offline by the group. The page has been intermittently available on Monday.
This incident is just Anonymous' latest act of dissent against the inflammatory Westboro group, known largely for protesting the funerals of US fallen soldiers and other public figures.
In February 2011, Anonymous defaced Westboro's website by exploiting an unnamed zero-day vulnerability.
The group hacked the church's website during a live radio interview on “The David Pakman Show” between Westboro's Phelps-Roper and an Anonymous member.